Located nearby the seashore, the Quarterdeck House, designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects in Sydney, Australia is a fine example of modern residence, that blends perfectly contemporary elements of design with rustic nuances. “Located high on the shores of Little Bay, the Quarterdeck House is part of an award winning subdivision of land in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. The grounds on which the house is built belonged to a coastal hospital that was later the location of the historical installation artwork Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet by Cristo and Jeanne-Claude”. The house with stone cladding favours stunning views over the ocean. With its “café au lait” colours, the Quarterdeck House is like a breath of fresh air, a temple of relaxation, that provides the most amazing panoramic views and creates the perfect atmosphere for a carefree lifestyle.
The interior is bright, properly ventilated and it borrows some of the landscape’s natural feel: pebbles perceived as elements of décor, stone-like details. The open space living room features furniture items in earthy colours. The all-white kitchen is seamlessly integrated into the living room’s décor, showcasing a minimalist, yet pleasant design. The terrace, located on the first floor, is also a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the dusks and dawns, while exploring the limitless horizon.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.